As President Donald Trump threatens to renegotiate trade with Seoul and tensions with North Korea continue to rise, some analysts are pointing out just how crucial South Korea is to global technology.
Soo-Kyoum Kim, program director of the semiconductor research program at research firm IDC, noted last week that South Korea took 17 percent of the global semiconductor market and 64 percent of the memory chip market.
"[If South] Korea is hit by a missile, global key chip supply will stop immediately and all electronics production will stop too," he said.
Of course, a major military conflict in the region would take a toll on tens of millions of lives and see effects well beyond the tech industry.
Still, the recent ratcheting up of tension on the Korean Peninsula has made the question of supply chains something more than just academic.
North Korea claimed a successful hydrogen bomb test on Sunday, with experts saying the magnitude of the resulting earthquake indicated an explosive yield of more than 100 kilotons, compared with the estimated 15 kiloton yield of the nuclear bomb dropped on Hiroshima in 1945.
And Trump on Sunday said North Korea's actions were very "hostile and dangerous" to the U.S. and later responded to a suggestion of an imminent military attack by telling a reporter: "We'll see."